Almost a week of Linux!

After my lengthy whinge about Linux last week I decided that should just take the plunge and see how I get along. I got so sick of Windows 8 trying to configure a huge update, getting stuck, giving up and then making me wait a considerable length of time as it 'reverted' the changes, only to do the same the next time I booted up that I thought I might as well be seeing how I get along with Linux.

With that in mind I installed Linux Mint 14 with the Cinnamon desktop and I've been using that exclusively this week (apart from the occasional gaming session on Borderlands 2). If I'm completely honest - I really enjoyed the experience - in fact I'm still using it now to type this blog entry (using BloGTK).

I had to figure out why I couldn't see the screen when I booted up (a peculiarity of my laptop's graphics chipset; easily fixed) and why a dialogue wouldn't go away sometimes (another minor glitch, again easily fixed thanks to the great online community) and I've had no problem updating the software. Strangely, I've barely heard the laptop's fan come on either - something which happened quite often when I booted into Windows 8.

I was enjoying using Windows 8 until the update issue wasted so much of my time that I just couldn't be bothered any more. Now Linux seems to be doing what Windows couldn't (i.e. work without annoying me) and I'm having fun doing so too. I wonder how hard it would be to start writing apps for Gnome? Maybe I'll give it a try. :)


hazrpg said...

I don't know why, but I always thought you'd moved over to Linux years ago... what changed, and when? Can't blame you for going back... I tried Windows 8, I don't like it... some neat ideas! But poorly implemented I feel.

I've been using Ubuntu, non-stop, since around 10.04. However I made the choice to change around 9.04, I just needed to kick the habits of using Windows-based programs - which I did!

So far, the only thing that makes me go to Windows is... well... nothing! Even games (mainly StarCraft II) I just run in Wine (using PlayOnLinux to keep different configurations and different versions of Wine). After 3 years of using Linux non-stop, the thing I dread the most is going on a Windows machine for other people to "fix" their problems.

P.S. Only just noticed you've been blogging properly again. Always good to see! :) My apologies for missing the moment you started up again.

Unknown said...

I keep wanting to escape Windows and Windows 8 has done nothing to change my feelings in that regard. Part of the problem is my professional life demands too many applications that just aren't available on Linux.

I have yet to be able to run the complete CS6 suite in Wine and I just don't have the time to fiddle with workarounds to get Photoshop and Lightroom to run acceptably.

Ironically, PHPStorm, another tool I rely on almost daily actually has a Linux client.

I don't think I'm going to be sticking with Windows beyond Windows 8. The transition to that was bad enough and perhaps by the time the next Windows rears its ugly head, Adobe will have realised Linux exists. Or I'll have moved to a Mac. :D